ARM launched their Cortex-A7 MPCore processor. Compared to the Cortex-A8, the Cortex-A7 MPCore application processor is 5x more energy-efficiency and one fifth the size. The ARM Cortex-A7 features big.LITTLE processing, which pairs the best of the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A7 processors. Big.LITTLE processing enables devices to seamlessly select the right processor for the right task, based on performance requirements. This dynamic selection is transparent to the application software or middleware running on the processors.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the OMAP 5 mobile applications platform for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The 28 nanometer OMAP 5 applications processors feature up to 3x processing performance and five-fold 3D graphics improvement compared to OMAP 4 platform. In addition, OMAP 5 reduces average power reduction by almost 60%. TI’s OMAP 5 platform will sample in the second half of 2011, with devices on the market in the second half of 2012. The OMAP5430 processor is offered in a 14x14mm Package-on-Package (PoP) with LPDDR2 memory support. The OMAP5432 processor is offered in a 17x17mm BGA package with DDR3/DDR3L memory support.